Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Mali

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200 million.

That's the number of women and girls who have been subjected to female genital mutilation around in world.

In Mali, 89% of women between the ages 15 and 49 have undergone FMG/C.

Female genital mutilation is an horrendous act that involves altering or causing damage to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes. Not only do these procedures carry no medical benefits, they can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating, cysts, infections, and complications in childbirth and an increased risk of newborn deaths. 

This petition calls on the government of Mali to join other African nations in banning the practice of FGM/C, and to publicly condemn it. Female genital mutilation may be deeply ingrained in Malian culture, but change is possible, and introducing such legislature would do a great deal in changing and defining the attitudes of the nation.

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